Written January 01, 2014
A very beautiful movie. A story about living life, being aware of what's around us, and making sure we eat that delicious pie, literally. Ben Stiller is a warm, thoughtful, funny, and courageous hero. With that straight face reacting to those around him with nary an eye flutter, he allows us to fill in the emotional blanks. Getting involved with Kristin Wiig, his female counterpart, makes a perfect pairing, Able to match his warmth with her own laid back hesitancy, this lady can also SING, seriously. Adam Scott gives us a superb, smarmy bad guy that we love to hate and special kudos to Sean Penn. Setting us up for his appearance from the get-go, Penn surpasses our anticipation, presenting a man so fully realized that the wait was worth it. With exotic, breathtaking locations, this is a film so thoroughly cinematic, many audiences may not get it. It is, in many ways, like watching a lost art. Stiller directs a funny, warm, and touching script with the hand of an artist.
Written December 28, 2013
My hats off to Ben Still for making such a beautiful, inventive movie. His direction is magical. I see Oscars in his future. don't miss this great movie!
Written December 26, 2013
Ben Stiller does an awesome job of capturing the essence of Walter. The visuals are astounding. Sean Penn says very little, but captures the character very well. Great screenplay. Loved the final cover of Life magazine!
It was a little slow for kids, but my 11-year old sat through it.
Written February 11, 2016
This is a very sweet movie. It's a significant departure from the short story - but it is enjoyable. It's a nice combination of humor, pathos, and cheer. The performances are great. I'v never been too partial to Ben Stiller or Kristen Wiig, but both were delightful here.
BUT my favorite part of the film was cinematography, which was stunning. Nearly every moment in the entire film is artistic. The views of Iceland are fabulous. I'd like to see this film again just to enjoy the visual treats.
Written February 13, 2016
What a great movie! It had all the elements of adventure, love and loss. It was brilliantly directed and felt like we were traveling with him. We took our two boys ages 6 and 10. Knowing it would be a little long for the 6 year old since it wasn't animated, we also packed some snacks. He was pretty entertained throughout the movie, however, just hiding his eyes on the kissing parts. There are so few movies these days that a whole family can go to and enjoy for different reasons and yet still receive a poignant message. I highly recommend this do all families with kids over 5!